Telcos ordered to block outgoing calls on some SIMS

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Effective today, April 4, 2022, the Federal Government has instructed telecommunications carriers such as MTN, Globacom, Airtel, and 9mobile to block all outgoing calls from any Subscriber Identification Module cards that have not yet been linked to a National Identification Number.

Isa Ali Pantami
Isa Ali Pantami

Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy announced the decision in a statement on Monday, saying it was part of the government's NIN-SIM linking policy execution.

Ikechukwu Adinde, Director of Public Affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission, and Kayode Adegoke, Head of Corporate Communications at the National Identity Management Commission, jointly signed the statement.

As part of the regime's "security and social policies," the Federal Government mandated that telecommunications subscribers link their SIMs with their NINs by December 2020. However, many Nigerians have questioned the effectiveness of the NIN-SIM linkage, as kidnappers of Abuja-Kaduna train passengers and others continue to call victims' families to demand ransom and go untraced with their NINs.

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